What's under my wall?
May 14, 2007 12:30 PM Subscribe
We recently purchased an old rowhome in Philly & are slowly but surely doing some renovations to it. We're pondering ripping out some drywall to expose a bit of brick, but are trying to figure out the best way to see what's under there before destroying everything.
posted by zempf to home & garden (11 answers total)
The thought we've had is pulling the drywall off of (what used to be) a fireplace, which right now is just a mantle sticking out of a blank wall (can be seen to the right in this picture
). I'd like to expose the brick there for a bit of color in the room, blah blah, but I'm not really sure of the best way to find out if it's worth doing without ripping off a giant section of wall (lest we find out that the whole thing's an ugly crumbling mess).
One thing that complicates stuff a bit is that I believe the drywall is directly over the brick (or potentially directly over old plaster, which is over the brick -- the previous owners of our home made some weird "improvements" which included drywalling right over the plaster on some walls). So that may prevent me from easily sawing a square in the drywall & then just replacing it if I don't like what I see. Any thoughts from others with similar experience?